IMSA will be able to have its foreign pilots at the start
The United States Department of Homeland Security signed an order last Thursday that included exemptions from crossing borders for several specific professional sports leagues, including basketball, football, baseball, hockey, golf and tennis . After IMSA (together with IndyCar) moved to add their respective pilots to these athletes, the meeting between Secretary Chad Wolf and the IMSA and NASCAR executives in Daytona Beach was crucial yesterday, thus succeeding to remove this ban. To underline the importance of this agreement, almost 40% of the paddock is made up of pilots and staff from Europe and China, as well as other countries – such as Brazil, which has been forced to block flights by forcing Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr to move quickly to land in a hurry in Miami a few days ago.
The statements after yesterday’s meeting
“During the meeting, Secretary Wolf confirmed that motor sports are included and we are one of the leagues covered by the recent May 22nd order,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Sports are essential for America’s economic reopening and to rekindle the American spirit. We can’t wait for IMSA to return to the track by playing the next event on July 4th in Daytona, “added Wolf. Today or tomorrow a meeting should also be scheduled with the IndyCar leaders.